The Business of Murder

Written by Richard Harris

Havant Arts Centre: Thurs 26th September - Sat 28th September & Tues 1st October - Sat 5th October 1991
Botley Park Hotel: Sunday 17th October 1991

Directed by John O'Hanlon

This psychological thriller on the theme of revenge centres on the interlocking triangular relationship between Dee, a successful TV playwright, Hallett, a detective-superintendent, and Stone. After many twists and turns, the nature of the trio's relationship becomes clear, all three are very much concerned with the business of murder. An intriguing masterpiece, don't miss it!

AuthorRichard Harris

Richard Harris (b1934)

Richard Harris is a prolific television writer, most active from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s. He writes primarily for the crime and detective genres, having contributed episodes of series like 'The Avengers', 'The Saint', 'The Sweeney', 'A Touch of Frost' and most recently, 'The Last Detective'. He has helped to create several standout programmes of the genre, including 'Adam Adamant Lives!', 'Man in a Suitcase', and 'Shoestring'. Despite a career which has been largely spent writing for the crime and detective genre, he is also well-known for 'Outside Edge', a TV play and series he had originated as a stage play. He also wrote several episodes of 'Darling Buds of May'.

PlayThe Business of Murder

'The Business of Murder' takes place in a first-floor flat on a single day in contemporary London. Stone asks Hallett (a detective) to come to his flat ostensibly to meet and help his son, a supposed drug dealer. However, the son has apparently left the apartment in and will not return until later that evening so the detective also agrees to return later. After Hallett leaves, Dee, a detective fiction writer arrives and chats to Stone.

In the conversations and actions which follow, we witness a twisting and turning plot through a maze of false trails as the story reaches its surprising and shocking conclusion. 'The Business of Murder' was published in 1981 and first produced at the Theatre Royal, Windsor the same year.

The Bench Production

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This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.


StoneDavid Penrose
HallettDavid Hemsley-Brown
DeeJane Hemsley-Brown
HelenMonica Little
CliveSid Burns


Director John O'Hanlon
Stage Manager Aislinn D'Souza
Assistant Stage Manager Sacha Pennington Ellis
Lighting Rob Finn
Sound Rosemary Sawyer
Set Design David Hemsley-Brown
Front of House Rita de Bunsen

Production Photographs